Bach Cello Suites.

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RE: Bach Cello Suites.

Dear,

i am new here, but love these suites too.

Some remarks:

I agree with Richardactor - go and have a listen to Heinrich Schiff.  When it came out, it was like a bomb.

Furthermore, you have already Casals, this is very good, and one of the two Bylsma's ( also a must hear, in fact both of them ). These two interpreters are absolutely necessary in a collection dedicated to this work.

There is one person who belongs also in the list you didn't mention ( except from Schiff ) and that is Roel Dieltiens, also with two ! recordings.

 

all best

Bluerabbit

 

 

RE: Bach Cello Suites.

I forgot Paolo Pandolfo

RE: Bach Cello Suites.

casals for being the first one, ter linden for being the most sincere one on a period intsrument, pandolfo for being the most enjoyable one - although his is a gamba version of the cello score, both bylsmas for being the ones you always want to return to.

nick mollee

RE: Bach Cello Suites.

First the bad news.

No amount of anyone else's recommendations is going to help. You'll inevitably end up with lots of recordings of the Cello Suites.

Now the good news.

You'll end up with lots of recordings of the Cello Suites.

 

 

"Louder! Louder! I can still hear the singers!"

- Richard Strauss to the orchestra, at a rehearsal.

RE: Bach Cello Suites.

Not to forget, for me the best recording:

Paolo Beschi  - Cello suites - EDEL Winter Edition

 

That  is really a masterpiece, in terms of rythm, narration and power.

Also the Sound of the recording is fantastic, it is very clear, full bodied and narrow, but also warm and soft. It is a perfect mixture. Really great! The style is really baroque at its best. (No vibrato or romantic or...)

(I play the cello myself, and know also the most of the other recordings..)

give it a try.

 

Best Regards

Bach Cello Suites

You can never have too many recordings of the Bach Cello Suites, certainly amongst the monumental achievments in solo string music literature, maybe in all of music literature. Every new acquistion makes you appreciate something new, even if it's a greater appreciation of the version or versions you already have.  One could say this, of course, about any new acquistion, of course, but the case of the Cello Suites, the depth of the appreciation always seems to be ...well, deeper, more emphatic and tangable.  

Speaking of room for one more, and certainly not new on the scene, I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Channel Classics version of Pieter Wispelwey's recording of the complete Bach Cello Suites made in 1998.  The tempos never seem  too slow or too fast, and subtlety of the expression is remarkable.  Sonics, being engineered by Channel Classics is about as good as it ever gets, dynamic, rich in tone and texture, as it strikes the perfect chord in spacial placement and realism.  Graphaphone was on the money to give recognition way back when. I concurr that worthy of special recognition, a special gift for those who love this music.

Wispelwey on Bach's Suites.

Wispelwey has recorded three times Bach's Cello Suites: twice for Channel (in 1990 and in 1998) and recently (in 2012) for the marginal label Evil Penguin. He is a great exponent of Bach's Music and, I admit, his second recording is the most straightforward and very well served by Channel. However, his third is a very audacious one, going to the very heart of the issue: the actual tuning and subsequent pitch. He plays them in chronological order, the instrument is a very special one (always with gut strings) as well as the bow. quite good production with a recording of great definition.

Parla

Gendron

Hello!

I have just began to read comments on this forum, and this evening I accidentally came across this thread.

 

It is a pleasure for me to listen to the interpretations by Gendron, which I think were recorded c:a 1964.

 

 

Best regards,

Awg.

Twice 2x, Act 2 Scene 2

For the Suites I have Rostropovich 1991. How about his earlier versions, or perhaps Yo-Yo Ma?

Awg wrote:

Hello!

I have just began to read comments on this forum, and this evening I accidentally came across this thread

Greetings!

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Tidal is amazing

I can only suggest getting a streaming subscription to Tidal. For a low monthly fee, the classical repertoire is well served (along with other genres, of course). I have found 29 different cellists recordings of the Bach Suites, including almost all those already mentioned in this list of posts. I own at least 12 complete sets, but for comparing interpretations, you cant beat a service like Tidal.

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